Hendricken Field and Cycledrome were the stadiums where Providence College football played its intercollegiate games. Due to the fact that the football program was discontinued the venues became obsolete and demolished.
Providence still has its basketball program and its home is Dunkin’ Donuts Center, a venue that has been in use since 1972 and due to popular demand the Providence Friars tickets can be quite hard to come by. The arena is well known for its intimidating atmosphere in recent years and it has hosted numerous college tournaments as well as a number of professional events taking place including WWE and NBA exhibition games.
Providence College had football program that existed between the years 1921 and 1941. In this time the Friars recorded 67 wins to 86 losses and 16 ties. The school lacked general success and due to its short lifespan it failed to write many pages in history books.
The Friars had few players who went onto having careers in NFL including Chuck Avedisian and Hank Soar. Both of them had their pro careers tied to New York Giants.
Avedisian was a guard and he played in NFL for three seasons and he took part in a game that finished with a scoreless tie, a feat that has not been repeated ever since. After short football stint he tied his professional life to teaching and school administration.
Soar, a running back and a defensive back, played for the Giants for ten seasons earning one Pro Bowl nomination. He was one of the first players to be fined by the NFL’s league and he also caught the game winning touchdown pass in the 1938 NFL championship game against the Packers. After his career finished he went onto being an umpire in MLB.
Providence Friars basketball program appears to be established in 1921 and existed for two years. It returned in 1926-27 season for good.
Providence are members of Big East Conference, NCAA Division I. The mascot representing the college is Friar, a type of mendicant order member. The school also used to use live Dalmatian dogs through its history. The colours representing Providence are black, white and silver. The biggest rivals of Princeton are Boston University and Boston College teams.
The Friars have appeared in 18 NCAA tournament games so far and their highest round they reached was the Final Four that they played in 1973 and 1987.
Providence were also twice the conference tournament champions with their last title coming recently, in 2014. Despite not much success around the college and a history of school sports teams not reaching a millennium yet, Providence has produced plenty of Friars who went onto being drafted by NBA teams including Basketball Hall of Famers in players such as John Thompson and Lenny Wilkens.
Thompson played three seasons in NBA, winning two NBA championships with the Celtics. He then went onto head coaching career in college where he led Georgetown to NCAA championship. He was also named UPI Coach of the Year.
Wilkens, had much longer career in NBA as he played for 16 seasons including 8 playing for St. Louis Hawks. He was nine time NBA All- Star, NBA All- Star game MVP and he was named to NBA’s 50th Anniversary All- Time Team. After retiring from playing he became a coach and led Supersonics to NBA championship in 1979. He was NBA Coach of the Year once and NBA All- Star game head coach four times. He also made top 10 list of coaches in NBA history and led the team USA to gold medal at Olympic games in 1996.
Even though the Princeton might not be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to sports, the school has managed o produce plenty of professional basketball players.